I am in the far-flung recesses of my mind, probably contemplating “throw-away culture” or how the scope of time is too vast for humans to comprehend when I stumble upon the fly strewn corpse of a baby raccoon. My eyes immediately shift too a rather large, honey sweet black woman in stained sweatpants–a mother–and she is giving her child a tongue lashing for being a malcontent. She has a beautiful smile and a confident demeanor, she transcended simple tackiness and wore it well.
“The world needs structure! Without structure there would be chaos!”
Why was this profound? Is baseball chaos, structure or both? I’ve heard arguments for both the former and latter, but I can’t seem to argue the contrary– and how did this short walk turn into mental digressions and glorious abstractions? Do I need to see a pharmacologist to ease this mental psycho-babble?
I suddenly trip on the curb, my personage quickly shifting from faux-philosopher into incoherent boob. The mother chuckles. “You need to look where you’re going sweetie, it’s not good to look like a klutz.” I appreciated her simple candor, and she had no idea how profoundly I connected with her soft and earnest berating of a young ankle-biter. I made sense of the fog for a moment as it cleared–I was a “klutz.”